Love Reigned

by Kathleen Martin

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[Headphones suggested] A remaster of LR was in the works for a while, but given recent world events, it seems today is the right time to post this. My birthday wish is for everyone on the planet to have a "rocky shore experience" ultimately allowing love to reign over all hate.

The original release of this—my first fully realized singer-songwriter original—was in July 2013, just prior to JT's gift of a Yamaha keyboard synth. So the instruments performed here include 2 intertwining vibraphone parts on Korg keyboard, a bongo beat throughout, Epiphone drones for the "bass" end, 2 intertwining melodica parts, touches of harmonica, and an ending of metal kitchen trays struck with a cloth-covered meat tenderizer for those "gong" sounds. It opens with a marimba loop and, along the way, picks up conga and hi-hat loops I D/Led from online to painstakingly copy/paste into track layers.

Somewhere in answering original SoundCloud track comments, I noted my lead vocal here was merely a draft run-through done sitting down, desktop miked while a ceiling fan whirled above just to see how my lyrics matched up with marimba the way through. I got a bit verklempt when singing of the very personal mystical experience at the rocky shore and, otherwise as well, the main vocal is not my strongest. I considered rerecording it back then and also for this remaster, but decided the vulnerability heard in my draft vocal actually helps convey the power of personal experience. A big thank-you to JT's Audacity for boosting bass and volume in this final version and shout-outs to Ion Bodi and Marty Lucas for providing their ears and valuable input along the way. Peace xxxooo

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LOVE REIGNED © 2013 Kathleen A. Martin

I had settled in the City of Angels,
But a lucifer whisked me away
To a Second City, so windy, no pity.
Soon he left me one fall day.
That was a time past passed through.
Such a dark and a hard time on my way to you.

All alone and on edge in Evanston,
Edge of winter and of the Lake;
As the nights grew longer, my hurt grew stronger.
My heartbeat kept me awake.
That was a time past passed through.
Such a dark and a hard time on my way to you.

Came a day in May at the waterside:
The tears spilling down my face
Turned from pain to joy on that rocky shore
Within a flow of a glorious grace.
That was a time past passed through.
Such a right and a light time on my way to you.

I felt love washing all around me
Deep connection to every thing.
To each grain of sand, to the family of man
And every atom in between.
That was a time past passed through.
Such a right and a light time—I' m coming to you.

I floated home to my carriage house
With a great grin for all I greet
That's returned in kind, and now forgiven behind
Me is that devil in his defeat.
That was a time past passed through.
Such a right and a light time—I'm on my way to you.
[On my way to you/ On my way to you / On my way to you
I'm on my way to you / I'm coming to you / Coming to you]

[Dedicated to Lasse & Vera 2013]

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released March 30, 2016
All vocals and instruments (with some percussion loops programmed) by Kathleen Martin. Original release date July 2013

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Kathleen Martin New Albany, Indiana

For music fans who think outside the boxy confines of genre labels, find here my original work arranged for and performed on a variety of instruments for sounds ranging from sweet to sassy and reedy to brassy; from lofty to lowdown and soulful to hoedown; from serious to silly and urban to hillbilly. I urge you to click on my production notes/lyrics before or as you push play. ☼♥ ... more

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